World Bird Sanctuary brings owls to WWU

Tundra, a Snowy Owl
Tundra, a Snowy Owl

Owls will soar inside an auditorium at William Woods University when the World Bird Sanctuary presents a program about WWU’s mascot.

The WWU Biology Club will host the demonstration, “All About Owls,” in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Cutlip Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“We have brought the World Bird Sanctuary here in the past and felt that many different types of students enjoyed the event,” said

Oliver, a grey phase Screech Owl
Oliver, a grey phase Screech Owl

Katherine Bilsky, a senior and president of the Biology Club.

“We decided to bring this group back to do a program specifically about owls, seeing as our mascot, Screech, is an owl.”

She explained that the World Bird Sanctuary will educate students about the importance of owl conservation and program

also will feature a fly-over aspect “where the audience will be able to watch the magnificent birds in flight.”

Bilsky added, “Our hope is that we can get students from different majors excited about biology and the importance of different species,”

Lief, a Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Lief, a Northern Saw-Whet Owl

The World Bird Sanctuary is one of North America’s largest facilities for the conservation of birds. WBS is on the leading edge of public awareness regarding the plight of bird species worldwide.

It is a unique St. Louis attraction and entertaining environmental educational opportunity. With more than 305 acres and more than 200 animals in their care, they offer a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience.

Their mission is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural

Junior, a Great Horned Owl
Junior, a Great Horned Owl

environments. They work to fulfill that mission through education, captive breeding, field studies and rehabilitation.

Other events hosted throughout the year by the World Bird Sanctuary include Eagle Days, OwlProwls and Fete du Feather, all of which

focus on the education of wild bird preservation and help fundraise for the cause. For more information, visit http://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org.